So there you go, I'm afraid of snakes.
As such, it should be easy for you to empathize with me on this post. Much to my obvious chagrin, I have encountered a bunch of snakes while trail running this month. Here's a breakdown:
Monday, April 4th, Bolsa Chica Wetlands
6.02 Miles, 1 Snake
Sunday, April 10th, Crystal Cove State Park
8.56 Miles - 1 snake
Wednesday, April 13th, Bolsa Chica Wetlands
7.02 Miles - 2 snakes
Friday, April 22nd, Bonner Canyon Ridge Road/El Moro Ridge Road
7.53 Miles - 0 snakes
Tuesday, April 26th, Bolsa Chica Wetlands
5.42 Miles - 2 snakes
Add all this up, and I've encountered 6 snakes in just over 28.5 miles. This works out to seeing one snake every 4.75 miles. This also means that based on past metrics, there is about a 20% chance that I will see a snake every time I run a mile.
These are unacceptable odds.
So, what are acceptable odds? Naturally, I'd prefer nil. But how about at least one "0" directly to the right of the decimal? .02% would be fine. .002% would be better.
I have some options. I can avoid trails all together until the snakes go underground again in the fall. But I'd rather not do this because Kovas's enthusiasm for trail running has proven itself contagious (the bastard). Specific to Bolsa Chica Wetlands, I can stay off the single track and only run on the flood control levees. I would assume that snakes will not bother slithering up the 10 foot embankment just to sun themselves. I could also find a running buddy who is not afraid of snakes. My new friend would lead all our trail runs. I think I'd feel better if someone was ahead of me making the initial contact with the snakes and then satisfactorily resolving the situation so that safe onward running is possible.
Or I could just get over my fear of snakes......
Nah, I'm good.